Okay, as promised, fresh off the scanner. Here are some of the four hundred ( yeah I know ) stamp drawings I scanned from sketchbooks. Several friends had been telling me for years to publish these ,so the first step was to scan them all and evaluate. See if there's enough to make a pretty good selection for a book. Let me know what you think. Next step I guess, I would need to start writing some publishers...I am not really sure if there is a rational explanation behind these silly little drawings, I used to paste these stamps in my sketchbooks and draw over the top of them. I loved the contrast of the beautiful craftsmanship and stoic nature of the stamp and the playful, graffiti like gesture of absurdity. It makes me smile. Naturally © Bill Mayer 2010
Work in progress
This series of little illustrations I did a few months ago creating an alphabet based on fonts, letting the font push the ideas out. Naturally my rather macabre sense of humor is always present. Trying to think of a name for this dark little alphabet.
TYPO-GLYCEMIC, TYPO-PHOBIA , FONTPHOBIA
TYPOSIS or maybe just ...Savage fonts
illustrations Bill Mayer
Naturally © Bill Mayer 2010
General Orders No.9
Deer trail becomes Indian trail becomes county road. General Orders No. 9 provides a history of the state of Georgia, but not in any normal textbook fashion. Instead it takes an impressionistic and poetic approach to span the time when Europeans first discovered the land that was then inhabited by Indians to the present day. It's an almost spiritual history shaped by landscape and geography, but as man began to impart his will onto the land, a conflict develops from the scars of war to the development of interstates, which gave rise to the city, which is presented as an abberation, an oppressive machine that works to isolate instead of unifying with a sense of belonging and place. General Orders No. 9 is one last trip down the rabbit hole before it gets paved over. A deep geography. What is above and what is below. What came before and what will come after. Agrarian fantasies, sacrificial rites, and excavations. A story told with maps, dreams, and prayers.Icons for a Lost Civilization.
New Rose Window
Art Director Bob Persons
Illustrator Bill Mayer
Illustration © Bill Mayer 2008
Film stills depicting a texture and feeling of a time gone by.
Letters to Lee
Letters to Lee is a collection of letters I have sent my wife, Lee, over the years, which under the encouragement of my insane workaholic intern Yu Sojung, and my good friend, Goñi Montes, I compiled into a handmade 82-foot accordion-fold book as a Valentine's Present this year.
Naturally, © Bill Mayer 2010